Hannels Spur to Mt Kosciuszko - 7 and 8th April 2018

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Hannels Spur to Mt Kosciuszko - 7 and 8th April 2018

Postby Zapruda » Sun 08 Apr, 2018 3:51 pm

After hearing about the recent track clearing I finally decided to give Hannels Spur a crack. And before they put a metal walkway to the top :P

I left work on Friday afternoon and arrived at the Geehi flats campground at around 7pm. I woke up at 6 and after a breakfast of donuts and coffee I packed up and headed out. I arrived at the start of the track at around 7:30am and started the climb.

It was definitely type 2 fun until about 300m before Moiras flat (not so flat) when it became type 1 fun with stunning views and a nice cleared track as you are coming out above the treeline.

The scrub was very thick in places but if you paid attention there was always a pink ribbon to guide you. If you can't handle thick scrub do not attempt this walk! I lost the track once but quickly found it again. You cant go too wrong, just head uphill... I don't think anyone should attempt this unless they know how to read a map and orientate with a compass.

The Parks employees and volunteers who cut the top section of the track are legends! It was clear and easy going apart from the steepness.

Once I got above the treeline I was in familiar territory and made it through Wilkinsons valley quickly. I arrived at the top of Mt Kosciuszko after about 6 and a 1/2 hours of walking.

From Mt K I decided to climb up toward Abbott peak and set up the tent near Byatts Camp where I had found some good water earlier in the day. I was treated to a great sunset and a warm and still night. Total elevation gain was about 2150m and 20km of distance covered. I was pretty happy to say the least.

I woke up early today and headed back down the spur reaching the car in about 3 hours.

I wont bore you all with too much detail but I took some rough notes at certain elevations.

450m – Easy going
550m - Steep and scrub
700m – Steep
815m – Thick scrub
850m – Scrub thins and track levels out
900m – Thick scrub
950m – Drop into nice fern gully
1100m – Steep
1150m - Scrub thick lots of pink tape
1400m – Cut track
1500m – Moiras flat
1650m – Steep cut path
1750m – Scrub thins a track levels out
1865m – Good water and waist high scrub uphill
Open walking through Wilkinsons valley.

Very boring album of the walk but it should give you an idea of the track - https://imgur.com/gallery/ROz42

Let me know if you have any questions.
Cheers
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Re: Hannels Spur to Mt Kosciuszko - 7 and 8th April 2018

Postby kanangra » Sun 08 Apr, 2018 5:10 pm

Great work!

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Re: Hannels Spur to Mt Kosciuszko - 7 and 8th April 2018

Postby crollsurf » Sun 08 Apr, 2018 6:37 pm

Thanks Zapurda, loved the photos and hope you withheld a few for the "Where am I (Aussie)" comp!

It's good to see they didn't totally sanitise the walk, they have done a good job.
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Re: Hannels Spur to Mt Kosciuszko - 7 and 8th April 2018

Postby wildwanderer » Sun 08 Apr, 2018 6:50 pm

Good stuff! Thanks for the report
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Re: Hannels Spur to Mt Kosciuszko - 7 and 8th April 2018

Postby Zapruda » Mon 09 Apr, 2018 5:58 am

crollsurf wrote:Thanks Zapurda, loved the photos and hope you withheld a few for the "Where am I (Aussie)" comp!

It's good to see they didn't totally sanitise the walk, they have done a good job.


I didn’t even think of the game! Damn I shouldn’t have posted so many pics.

Yep agreed, I think it’s a great mix of scrub and track now.
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Re: Hannels Spur to Mt Kosciuszko - 7 and 8th April 2018

Postby mikethepike » Sun 30 Sep, 2018 10:02 pm

I'm in a small party doing that walk in March so thanks a lot Zapruda for such a helpful report! I had hoped the whole track was cleared as we plan to go up and back in a day but with good fitness, an early start and provided not too much time is spent being bushed, it would seem to be possible. And yes we will take our torches! It would also be interesting to hear from people who have been up and down from Geehi Flats in a day.
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Re: Hannels Spur to Mt Kosciuszko - 7 and 8th April 2018

Postby Zapruda » Mon 01 Oct, 2018 3:39 pm

Hi Mike,

I’m glad the report could be of some help.

I chose to camp but could have easily gone back down the same day. The descent only took 3 hours from Byatts if I recall correctly. I stayed the night at Byatts for the views.

I think March will be a great time to attempt it.

Good luck!
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Re: Hannels Spur to Mt Kosciuszko - 7 and 8th April 2018

Postby mikethepike » Mon 01 Oct, 2018 7:41 pm

Thanks Zapruda. Yes,an out and back is now sounding very doable. I'll leave a short report on this thread once it's done. cheers, Mike
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